This is the one case of fascist outreach I’m keen to see them pursue, so luscious would the blowback be. She needs absolution before she can meet with Holocaust deniers, though, so she ain’t going unless Tom Lantos is going. Lantos says he’d do it in a heartbeat, so our waiting for that much anticipated Ahmadinejad/Pelosi photo op might soon be over.
Don’t worry – she’ll be tough.
“I find the president of Iran’s remarks to be so repulsive that they are outside the circle of civilized human behavior,” Pelosi said, referring to Ahmadinejad’s past comments that Israel should be wiped off the face of the map and his questioning of the existence of the Holocaust.
“But a person of Mr. Lantos’ stature and personal experience is saying that — even as a Holocaust survivor and even recognizing the outrageous statements of the president of Iran — it’s important to have dialogue. I think that speaks volumes.”…
Pelosi said that throughout the congressional delegation’s recent Middle East trip, “every place we went we had a constant message: the safety and security of Israel, fighting terrorism.”
“There was, of course, a shadow over all of it, Iran: Iran’s support of terrorist groups is something that must be stopped,” she said. “Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon is something that must not happen and we must stop them with the strongest of diplomatic measures.”
I’m exhausted by these identity politics games where one’s actions are valid or invalid depending upon how many members of an aggrieved group are on one’s side. Conservatives do it too; that’s what the Fox/CBC/Obama pas de trois over the Democratic primary debate was about. In this case Pelosi’s willing to violate constitutional law and American political custom by meeting with terrorists, but she’s not willing to meet with a bottom-feeding, cretinous Holocaust denier for fear of offending Jews. How does she negotiate the latter to facilitate the former? Simple: she takes Lantos with her. As a victim he’s beyond criticism, and thus so is she by association. That, of course, makes it a game of moral-authority poker where, in order to challenge her, we have to bet some “chips” of our own. So, fine — I’ll see her Tom Lantos and raise her Elie Wiesel. It’s disgusting, but it’s a game they love to play, including/especially with Iraq per Moron Dowd and her beatification of nascent Truther and shameless Chavez-hugger Cindy Sheehan.
Anyway, she’s not the only one capable of embarrassing the other side politically, needless to say. If I were Bush, I’d be marshalling the latest burgeoning evidence of Iranian fingerprints on Iraqi jihadi EFPs and holding onto it for some rainy day afternoon when Pelosi’s in Tehran showing off her plastic smile.
Update: There are constitutional ways of trying to initiate dialogue between the U.S. and Iran without deputizing yourself Democratic Party Secretary of State.
Update: Nice catch by K-Lo. Pelosi agrees with us about it being bad form to meet with the enemy. She just defines “enemy” differently.
Update: Another good point by Bob Owens, which ties back oddly enough into the Fox/Democrat debate standoff. Like I said, they just define enemy differently:
When Democrat Presidential candidates Clinton, Obama and Edwards dropped out of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute debate that was going to be co-sponsored by Fox News, many liberals crowed over the decision. It is their contention that Fox News is an “illegitimate” news source (or a “propaganda machine,” or not even a news outlet at all. Someone should tell Nielsen), and that if these candidates had answered the questions provided by the CBCI in a televised debate on Fox News, it would “legitimize” the network…
Apparently, the double standard is this:
Liberals are solidly behind the idea of boycotting a news network to avoid giving them legitimacy, but they are in favor of defying their own government’s foreign policy to lend legitimacy to yet another terrorist state that has sponsored attacks on our allies and are actively engaged in trying to kill U.S. soldiers.
Update: I guess I should probably link this, too.